Election authorities gear up for 2nd Phase of LS Polls; 11 states and 1 UT to go to polls on April 18

RSTV Bureau
Prayagraj: Poll officials demonstrate the functioning of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) during a training programme for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, in Prayagraj(Allahabad), Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Prayagraj: Poll officials demonstrate the functioning of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) during a training programme for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, in Prayagraj(Allahabad), Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (PTI Photo)

The election authorities are fully geared up for conducting free and fair polls on Thursday for the second phase of polling for Lok Sabha elections 2019.

All preparations are in place to conduct polling for 95 Lok Sabha seats across 11 states and one Union Territory will go to polls in the second phase on Thursday.

38 seats in Tamil Nadu, 14 seats in Karnataka, 10 seats in Maharashtra, 8 seats in Uttar Pradesh, 5 seats each in Bihar, Assam and Odisha, 3 seats each in West Bengal and Chhattisgarh, 2 seats in Jammu and Kashmir, one seat each in Manipur and Puducherry will vote in the second phase.

The election was scheduled to be held in one seat in Tripura but the Election Commission in a late night order postponed polling till April 23 citing law and order situation.

Campaigning ended on Tuesday for the second phase of Lok Sabha polls on April 18 for 95 seats spread across 11 states and the union territory of Puducherry that was marked by acrimony with the Election Commission barring several leaders from electioneering for their controversial remarks.

Voting for 35 Assembly seats in Odisha will also take place in the second phase on 18th April.

Among the key contestants in the fray are Union ministers Jual Oram, Sadananda Gowda and Pon Radhakrishnan, former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, Congress leaders Verappa Moily and Raj Babbar, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, BJP’s Hema Malini and DMK’s Dayanidhi Maran, A Raja and Kanimozhi.

In Maharashtra, Some key contests in this phase will be between BJP’s sitting MP Pritam Munde from Beed, state Congress president Ashok Chavan from Nanded, former Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde from Solapur and Mahagathbandan candidate Navneet Rana from Amravati.

In Uttar Pradesh, polling will take place for Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Amroha, Bulandshaher, Nagina, Hathras, Aligarh and Mathura Lok Sabha constituencies.

The EC in an order on Tuesday evening cancelled the poll in Vellore Lok Sabha constituency over allegations of excessive use of money power. Authorities had seized over Rs 10 crore cash from premises of an associate of a DMK leader recently.

The district police had filed a complaint against DMK candidate Kathir Anand as well as two-party functionaries on the basis of a report from the Income Tax department on April 10.

The Lok Sabha polls are being held in seven-phases for 543 seats on April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19, and counting will be on May 23.

(With inputs from News Agency)